Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday, March 6, it had banned all cattle imports from Europe, Turkey and Lebanon, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease.
"Imports of cattle and meat, as well as beef and sheep derivatives from Turkey and Lebanon are now banned", Saudi Trade Minister Ussama Al-Faqih said in a statement.
He said Riyadh maintained its two-week-old decision on a similar ban for Europe. Faqih added British dairy products were also banned.
On Monday, Iraq announced it had taken emergency measures to prevent the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease from spreading after an outbreak in neighboring Turkey.
The United Kingdom and all the other members of the European Union were on high alert Tuesday night and still hoped an epidemic could be averted. — (AFP, Riyadh)
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